At the Montessori 700 West Ferry campus, students joined staff members on Wednesday to help load bags filled with presents for children into vans. The annual angel gift drive is sponsored by Nardin Academy’s Montessori and supports Gateway Longview, a local organization serving needy youths and families across Western New York. The Montessori has been participating in the drive for more than 15 years and it is just one of many charitable initiatives taking place across the Academy this holiday season.
This week, the Lower and Middle School students are collecting gently used winter gear. Hats, gloves, coats and scarves gather outside the Elementary office for delivery to Buffalo P.S. 207 Lafayette International High School, where they will be donated to children and adults, many of whom are refugees from warmer climates. The Lower and Middle School students also will collect money next week during Christmas Spirit Week. For a dollar a day, they can wear a holiday hat or dress like your favorite holiday character with proceeds going to purchase toys for children at Baker Academy.
On December 21st, Middle School students and their families are encouraged to join in the first Gators for Neighbors Day at the Buffalo Dream Center. Participants can choose one of two service projects: Clothe Me CoOp, a program sponsored by the Kenmore Alliance Church that distributes winter wear to local families and Boxes of Love, sponsored by the Buffalo Dream Center, that donates boxes of food and toys to those in need in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
And, in the High School, Nardin’s young women are marking the Christmas season by supporting a cause a week for the weeks leading up to break. This week, they are collecting hats, gloves, socks and stuffed animals for St. Luke’s Mission in Buffalo. Next week, they will collect coats and boots for Catholic Charities’ Immigrant and Refugee Assistance Program and the week of December 16th, they will donate medical supplies and toiletries for El Salvador Young Life.
Through all of these initiatives, Nardin hopes to give back and brighten the holidays a little for those in need.